Spring 2021 Planning Process
Important dates: Resident-students will move in on Tuesday, January 19 (more information below); classes begin on Tuesday, January 26. If you have any additional questions about move-in, please contact Residence Life at at ResLife@ccsu.edu. For CCSU’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, click here.
To minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have revised our COVID-19 testing and quarantine procedures.
Prior to the start of the semester, the state’s Department of Public Health is strongly encouraging all students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of free COVID-19 testing at community health sites – especially those individuals who work or attend class on campus. The System Office has supplied a list of sites that are currently up and running and have a record of very quick turnaround times for test results. (Click here for locations.)
Resident-students must undergo a rapid Binax COVID-19 test upon arrival on campus. (At no cost to students.) When you arrive, you will be directed to a drive-up, in-car testing area. Results typically take about 15; students who test negative will be escorted to their residence hall with assistance from a moving company whose staff has been tested and cleared for duty. Students who test positive must quarantine for 10 days in Beecher Hall, the University’s designated quarantine building. (For additional details, including arrival quarantine information, click here.) The University will follow-up with a second COVID-19 test (an RT-PCR test) at the end of move-in day. If you do get tested before you return to campus, you will still receive a test when you get here on Jan. 19.
Ongoing COVID-19 testing: Every week through the first week of March, we will test 100 percent of resident-students, student-athletes, commuter students enrolled in on-ground and HyFlex classes, and residence hall directors. For the rest of the semester, 25 percent of this group will be randomly tested.
Please do not come to campus if you are feeling ill in any way. Contact us so we can make other arrangements for you.
Resident-students: What to do on move-in day
At your scheduled time, drive to the designated area noted below and remain in your car while our Health team administers a Binax COVID-19 test (nasal swab). The Binax test is a rapid test that gives results within 15 minutes.
- Vance, Sheridan, and Gallaudet residents drive directly to Testing Site A (Arute Field parking lot)
- Mid-Campus residents drive directly to Testing Site B (Student Center Garage)
- James and Barrows Hall residents drive directly to Testing Site C (Vance Garage)
If you haven’t scheduled your move-in time, please follow this link.
For a move-in map, please click here.
If your Binax test is negative:
- We’ll give you a green wrist bracelet, which you must wear on this day to indicate that you have been cleared to move in. The green bracelet will serve as your pass to enter your residence hall.
- We will provide you with information about the PCR test you must take later this day. (Yes, it is a second required test.)
- You will be directed to the next location for move-in:
- Mid-Campus – drop-off at Student Center parking lot (Lot B)
- Vance, Sheridan, and Gallaudet – drop-off in upper quad
- James and Barrows Hall drop off in Barrows/James Lot (Lot F) or James Hall Circle (Lot K).
- No family or friends are allowed into the residence halls; professional movers who have undergone COVID testing,will be on-hand to assist you.
- We will schedule you for a PCR test (highly accurate but results take three days) that must be administered on this day. Instructions for the PCR test will be given to you on the day of arrival.
If your rapid test result is positive:
- Temporarily, you will move into Seth North residence hall, which serves as CCSU’s isolation hall.
- Professional movers will be there to assist you as you move your belongings into Seth North.
- We will schedule you for a PCR test that must be administered on this day (highly accurate but results take three days). If the PCR result comes back negative, we will help you move into your residence hall.
If your PCR test is positive, you will need to remain in isolation for at least 10 days from the day you were tested. To move out of isolation, you must obtain written notification from the University confirming the date of your release.
Daily symptom monitoring is critical
Anyone who lives, works, attends class, or does any other business on campus must complete the University’s symptom-reporting survey at the start of their day. Access the survey at ccsu.medicatconnect.com.
Health and safety protocols
CCSU’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols for Fall 2020 remain in effect for Spring 2021. Please remember:
Practice social distancing: Maintain 6 feet of physical space from others whenever possible. Remember: You can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
Face masks: Everyone on campus must wear a face mask in all university buildings and outdoors when it is not possible to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
Wash your hands often: Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Keep it clean: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
Report symptoms: If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, reach out to the CCSU COVID Hotline at (860) 832-3200. Faculty and staff who receive reports of potential COVID-19 cases also should call the COVID Hotline.
Experiencing symptoms? Stay home and monitor your health.
The COVID-19 isolation and quarantine procedures for Fall 2020 generally remain in place for Spring 2021 with some modifications. Among them, per Department of Health guidance, the Student Health Services staff may reduce the typical 14-day quarantine period to 10 days if daily self-monitoring shows the student has experienced no symptoms for 10 days. Students must then monitor and report symptoms for four more days. This decision recognizes that a 14-day quarantine may result in a significant burden to students.
About isolation: Seth North residence hall serves as CCSU’s isolation hall. Beecher Hall is reserved for students in quarantine.) If you are sent to the isolation hall, keep in mind that it is temporary and that we will check in with you regularly.
A few additional notes:
- Seth North Hall is staffed with registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, as well as a hall administrator.
- Three meals a day are delivered.
- Deep cleaning and high-touch cleaning are done daily.
- Each room is equipped with technology, a small fridge, and linens, in addition to a phone for staying in contact with Student Health Services.
- Students may take classes remotely if well enough to do so.
- Until cleared by Health Services, students may not attend on-ground classes.
- Students too ill to attend classes while in quarantine or isolation will not be penalized academically for missed assignments or tests but may be required to make up this work.
- The medical staff complete symptom checks, assess students’ general well-being, and perform temperature checks.